Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm [NOOK Book]

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A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.

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Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm

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Overview

A lyrical, sensuous and thoroughly engrossing memoir of one critical year in the life of an organic peach farmer, Epitaph for a Peach is "a delightful narrative . . . with poetic flair and a sense of humor" (Library Journal). Line drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Sue-Ellen Beauregard
Masumoto is a third-generation fruit grower in Del Ray, California. In his simple memoir, the college-educated farmer discusses the continual challenge of growing fruit in an area where annual rainfall is marked in single digits (irrigation is the answer) and weeds threaten to overtake the crop. In chronologically arranged chapters that extend from spring planting to summer harvesting to winter waiting, Masumoto reflects on a variety of topics, including the fact that his succulent, organically grown peaches, which have a shelf life of only one week, aren't in demand; and his recollection of losing 35,000 trays of drying raisins to intense rainfall reveals why he always "feels persecuted by the power of nature." A lyrically written memoir by an introspective orchardist.
Maxine Kumin
Lyrical…an important book.
—Maxine Kumin,New York Times Book Review
New York Times Book Review
“[Masumoto is] a poet of farming and peaches.”
Eating Well
“[A] beautifully written book.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“What a gentle voice! . . .[It] feels like a breeze, or like fog on your skin.”
Gourmet
“Charming.”
New York Times
“[Masumotos is] a poet of farming and peaches.”
Los Angeles Times
“[A] wonderful writer...[Masumoto] uses his farm as Thoreau did his.”
Atlantic Monthly
“. . . lyrical . . .enough to make a peach lover drool and also weep...[A] charming tale.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061741739
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 306,087
  • File size: 427 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    An Above Average Read

    Although pleasant reading, Masumoto's book offers little that hasn't been said already in countless other New Age books. The author uses his voice as a Japanese peach farmer masterfully (reminiscent of Juan Valdez or the Little Old Winemaker) and speaks warmly about his love of family and organic farming. When he attempts to wax philosophical, however, he is awkward ('When I farm or garden, I learn to fail without winners or losers') and at times he seems unsure of his book's purpose. Masumoto's writing is concise, easy and occasionally lyrical, but his use of the first person is amateurish--his unrelenting, line-by-line use of 'I', 'me' and 'my' make the book sound like a 200-page Last Will and Testament. Still, there are some interesting reflections on farming and occasional mixes of humor that make 'Epitaph' a better than average read.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    This is a book to fall in love with. Masumoto is a very poetic w

    This is a book to fall in love with. Masumoto is a very poetic writer -- you don't feel like you're reading a book about farming. He has a way of writing that can make you feel what he is feeling, with all of your senses. You can feel the heat or the lizard running up your leg, you can smell the clover and the peaches ripening, you can see the wild orchard he creates. This is a book that makes me want to drop everything to become a small-farm farmer. He frames work as a way of life that is inextricably meshed with family and home. It is a very beautiful book that I would highly recommend.

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    Posted February 19, 2012

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